Monday, June 29, 2020

Photos

Our dance blogs will have much writing which of course is the gist of the matter. When we get going we will have much information to share with our readers. Most of us are not a photographers but many of us do take photos. So why do we need to add photos to our blog posts when our words should be enough to entice our readers and persuade everyone that our content is so great? The truth is, it’s not enough. Especially when writing a dance blog on Oahu. What we need to understand is that our fellow dancers are lazy. They want information as fast as they can get it.

"Social dancers try not think of all this lock down misery,
but of the fun times that still remain."


They don’t want to struggle to read and digest our content.They want to be able to understand it quickly and easily to ascertain whether it’s going to be of any value to them. "Photos Are Great." But just because images are important doesn’t mean our words aren’t too. That’s why you don’t have a blog post full of only images. Photos are a supporting tool that can take our content from bland to exciting. So we can understand, then, that some us don’t know the best practices for including images in our blog posts,

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leed


Basic is that two people in a photo are better than one. Three people in a photo are better than two. Four better than three. However 14 is not better than 13. And the entire decision should be made by the photographer for whatever reason. No Rules. Then the Peas in a pod line up not a good as group picture of loose crowd. Whatever, photos are better than just icing on the cake. Email them in and I will blog'em.

"Social dancers believe we can still help each other. Sure, the people
have to do the heavy lifting. But when their hands are full,
it’s helpful when someone opens a door."

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Coming Soon

Mainland Studio Rules:
Private Practice:
Private practice outside of designated practice times is not allowed – this includes before and after a private lesson – unless permission is expressly given. Private practice will be limited to only those students who are currently taking private lessons at the Studio. If the floor is too crowded for personal practice, or should a private lesson begin during a practice session that would make the floor too crowded, any student not currently engaged in a private lesson shall wait at their “home base” for their lesson to begin or space to open up on the dance floor.

"Social dancers believe that the hope of a more secure and livable world lies just ahead of us."


Social Distancing on the Dance Floor: Masks will be worn at all times. At most studios, there shall be no more than 10 students and 4 teachers, or 14 total dancers, on the floor at any one time. Dancers shall make all possible attempts to maintain 6 feet of separation between themselves and all other dancers (except their partner/teacher).

"Molokai Waltz" by Amy Hanaialii Gilliom


There will be the usual, small, medium and large divisions. The strict Studios will be thinking of the health of their students and look forward to many years of happy dancing. The mediums will be a little more relaxed and let you get away with some things. Then there will be Trump style studios, no masks and no respect for social distance. You have seen the Trump rallies. Most of us can respect the Trump people and keep away from there. And from the records on the mainland, we can make some effort to avoid them at our private socials.

“We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly because there
are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it." 
 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Coming Up Roses

The dancers on Oahu are well aware of the cancelling of group classes and social dance parties on this Island. And the results have been very good. Hawaii is showing some of the best results in the US. Many of the neighbor islands have had zero deaths. On Oahu we are beginning to reopen for business, but there will be a few changes to our business model. Most of the teachers and wheels in dancing on Oahu have been educated as to the symptoms of COVID-19 and are practicing safe hygiene. There have been no group classes or social dances scheduled yet. We are slowly accepting that every dancer stepping foot in any dance floor on Oahu has a responsibility to help protect the health and well-being of their fellow dancers, in spite of Trump.

“Social dancers believe that a word of hope, a smile, and experienced
advice can help us expect a better life.” 
  

Prior to returning to the studio or district parks for lessons, your clubs may send you a notice of possible signing to adhere to the studio’s reopening policies. Return these to your club before your first lesson so they can log it into the system. You will only be required to do this once. There may be specials provided to us by the Governor, students over the age of 65 or others who may be considered to be “high risk” and particularly vulnerable at this time. Any “High Risk” client may be required to sign a separate waiver of liability before returning to the studio or parks.

"Walk Through Paradise" by Melveen Leed



Could you be considered “High Risk”? All dancers, teachers and staff will be wearing masks for every ones protection. Students will wear a mask while on studio premises and have it on prior to entering the studio. Any student who arrives without a mask may purchase one from club or studio. In order to promote social distancing, a limited number of private lessons will be allowed at any one time. There will be few group classes or social dance parties. Private practice will be strictly limited. We should appreciate all the dancers understanding, patience and flexibility during this time. We are coming out of it before the vaccine.

"Social dancers believe that if you set your goals ridiculously high and it's a failure,
you may fail above everyone else's success."

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Movinng Right Along.

Some dance planing on Oahu is going to open on July 1st? Everything is still hazy and anybody got some thing going, email it and I will post it. With businesses now re-opening due to coronavirus restrictions being lifted, a host of local dance studios and dance clubs are chomping at the bit to resume their respective class schedules. Restrictions have been difficult for most dancers and most social dancing in Hawaii has been closed down for the past two months.

“Social dancers believe that we are in this together, no matter
what is to come, and we will work to win. For each other.
Until the last note sounds.” 


The dancers mostly just played it cool and have been waiting patiently. Wearing their masks and respecting social distance. Some students, like others in the area, have had the opportunity to sharpen their skills through the use of pre-recorded instructional videos, as well as live online dance classes. Although we believe that online tutorials have been helpful in keeping some pupils busy. we must acknowledge some logistical obstacles as multiple internet users within the same household would sometimes cause scheduling conflicts. Additionally, we have discovered that there is simply no substitute for an in-person class structure. We have had some terrific teachers on Oahu.

"Music of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


On the mainland, there are many already setting up tentative dates on July 1st. And they include the Trump states that have opened too soon and are seeing the resulting cases and deaths going up not down. We, in Hawaii, have played it close to our vests and we are among the best states in the US. We have not had a death in over a month. Taiwan has had no deaths. Welcome Taiwan, come visit us. Oklahoma? Tulsa? Please keep away for a while. Later for you -- Much later.

"Social dancers believe that truth never lost ground by inquiry."

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Photos

On Oahu, one of the first things that we all learn about dance blogging is that images are crucial. That’s a rule of thumb that’s true no matter what subject is the focus of our writing. Including images with our blog posts makes them more attractive to the average blog reader. It breaks up blocks of texts and helps hold the readers’ interest. Since readers’ attention spans when perusing the internet are notoriously low, having photos to block up sections help give our blog post a more professional appearance that simply looks better. Visitors to our site are more likely to read our post if it is accompanied by a picture.

“Social dancers believe that we can quite easily hope
but darkness may not leave us that easily."


In fact, blog posts that have images are attractive to more people who often feel more compelled to look at a page that has an interesting picture. Once they have clicked on our blog post, we can keep their interest by supplying riveting content. What kind of pictures? On Oahu it is all very personal. A photo of Mary and Fred at the local cafeteria dance is very pleasant to our fellow readers. How about Sandra, Robert, Ruth and George. Evan mo bettah. Why? Mo People. However, 26 people is not better than 25. But you are getting it and we need photos right now, since we don't do much dancing.

"Fly Me To The Moon" by Jimmy Borges


Because of my "butterfingers" I can no longer take photos but all our readers can. And there is wealth of photos that you can take just anywhere for now as long it is "our" people. Your choice. Email one or two photos and later on you can send in more if you wish. And another good thing is that anyone can copy your favorite photo right off the blog. I will eventually leave the biggest photo album in the Pacific in five independent blogs. And I got "Butterfingers."

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen
or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."

Thursday, June 18, 2020

With all our differences we are ONE.

We get just a little outside info to share with our fellow dancers so we ask for a little feedback from anyone to post in these blogs. Photos? Hey, hey. Of course, we could be careful in accepting anyone that cannot be independent and free to write their own opinions and not be governed by any group. We need any information from any outside groups as long as it pertains to dancing. This is getting ticklish now. We want and need people that can express their own opinions in these blogs. That becomes Social Media.

“Social dancers believe we should hang in there. It is astonishing how
short a time it can take for very wonderful things to happen.”


You want to write about your club? Fine with us, everyone should be welcomed. We can and should accept the promotion of any dancing groups on this Island. As long as we are promoting dance.You can just send in a couple of sentences, just a photo or two. Who? Preferably, our people on this island but do your thing. Anyway, you can test it on your own grounds and have it evolve from there. You may want to get more in. With Pandemic close down, we are starting anew and we can make it anyway we like. This is Oahu.

"The Music Of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed


Hawaii health officials reported 18 new cases of COVID-19 on Oahu on Thursday. There are now 10 cases at Hale Nani, the state’s largest nursing care facility, including two staff members, according to the Department of Health. One of the 18 cases reported Thursday was someone working at the state Capitol, according to state officials. This spike in cases and other recent daily spikes have been expected as people begin to move around more freely and more businesses are reopening, Health officials said Hale Nani has implemented aggressive infection control measures and was conducting repeat testing.

“Perfection is not attainable - but if we chase perfection,
we can catch excellence."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Evolving Very Nicely.

In our blogosphere, with experience and thoughtful study, some facts have emerged even if we have not done much dancing lately. And many are still in process of developing, because we have had time to spend at home. Everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words, but of course it is not that easy. Our blogs have few conditions but the amount of photos can be too much or too little. And at present we don't have to worry about too much. Come on folks, email them in.

"Social dancers have been prepared for the worst, we have always hoped for the best."


What good the photos do in Twitter, Facebook, Flicker etc is not well known. They receive millions and millions of photos daily to spread all over the world. And they seem to be doing a good job, I don't know. Your photo did not get to Nigeria? We don't know either. We have several dance blogs on Oahu and they get a few photos now and then. Most people are pleased even though this a small island of a million people. But here is every one's chance on Oahu.

"Sweet Someone" by Don Ho


Meanwhile Trump is spending millions and millions of dollars trying to stop two books. John Bolton and Trump's niece Mary Trump. Many of us already know he is a gangster and many of us already suspect he is a first class liar. The entire world knows for sure that he is stealing from the lower classes and giving the money to the Billionaires. The problem is that the Cult is beginning to recognize a rat and is losing members. The Never Trump Movement and the Lincoln Project getting bigger. All real Republicans. None of this shit like we have in Ewa Beach.

"Social dancers believe that when we have lost hope,
life becomes a disgrace, and death could be a duty." 

 

Monday, June 15, 2020

Oahu Not Too Bad.

Well many of us are just about ready to dance again. Most "Leaders" in the above average group will tell you the view from there is very different than being the new kid on the block. It's worth all the effort and being your personal best is an ideal goal. But once you get a little beyond the average in your area, the joy is multiplied and the effort seems like it was trivial compared to the fun.- Then - you have to be careful, that you don't get that "hubris." You begin to tilt your head back, lower your eyelids a little and look down your nose at some of your fellow dancers. You then expect to make statements that should be engraved on stone. It is part of the "Hazards of the Trade." Watch it!

"Social dancers believe that we got more yesterday from dancing than
just about anybody. We hope for a nice kind of tomorrow.”


We can see all over the country that Rumba has not been forgotten. The young ones are going for Bachata and Salsa only because it is "in." And of course, they both seem to be fine dances. Salsa has been the more solid, for 30 years but Bachata is catching up pretty good in this century. They are doing great on Oahu. Both of them are losing some of the old Latin sound in the music and the old Latin body movement of the last century. An awful lot of arm, head and shoulders moves and tricks. I'll take a good old fashioned American style rumba using the Alternative Basic and mostly in the Bronze level.

"Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz


On Oahu we are getting indications that a number of businesses aren’t going to reopen — ever. Businesses that were only doing marginally during the best of times don’t want to go through the costly and lengthy process of trying to rebuild their business. If your business was not flourishing in February, it’s hard to justify putting more money into it. Post COVID-19 business changes that reduce customer capacity and require investments in new safety protocol and equipment are squeezing already narrow margins. - We dancers don't have it as tough as others.

“Social dancers believe that they may stop hurting when they stop hoping.”

Sunday, June 14, 2020

The Hits are moving?

I have been pleasantly surprised that the average hits per day are slowly increasing this week. Most are from referring URLs from Twitter and Google. A referring URL is the URL of a web page that links to a page on our blogsite, thus sending traffic to us. I really don't know how they do it but for now it may be getting us some legit hits.

“Social dancers believe that the problem with hope, is that it gets your hopes up.
But hopelessness is worse. we shall dance again.”


Meanwhile we can continue to get as much information from our social dance world on this island. I get a little bit from Waianae now and then and a tiny bit from the North Shore but outside of that nobody knows from nothing. I see a little Oahu stuff on Twitter and Facebook but those are mostly International. Facebook gets 50 million photos per day. I missed sending my five photos last week and completely devastated their expectations. So, you got something we can share with our fellow dancers? Email it in and I can blog it.

"Moliendo Cafe" por Azucar Moreno


Our blogs could each strive to create their own social media voice, while also attempting to optimize their social media efforts by avoiding the common pitfalls. The Two Centers and the Guest Bloggers will be crucial and make the big difference, Social media has the ability to be an effective and a cost controlled method for reaching out to potential reader/dancers, engaging with current fans and helping increase interest in dancing. Then I want my best blog to go independent.

“Social dancers believe that the chief beauty about time is that
we cannot waste it in advance, tomorrow we will dance."

Friday, June 12, 2020

We are beginning.

During the lull, there has been much discussion on Latin Dancing. The young can usually find it easy to get in and easy to get out of a fad. 100 million dollars was spent on the Lambada which came and went in less than ten years. Latin dance is popular the world over for its flair, drama, and sensuality. Latin music is bright, passionate and soulful, and has an infectious beat that invites everyone to the dance floor, regardless of skill. Great Latin dancers are a joy to watch, and Latin dance has become a popular category of competitive ballroom dancing.

“Freedom in a capitalist society always remains about the same as it
was in the ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”
― Vladimir Lenin


Meanwhile back at the ranch, we are still trying to get some Feedback, information (photos too) for publication in our blogs. Waianae and the North Shore still dozing. We just have to be patient. The happiest reader/dancers and the unhappiest reader/dancers will be our most valuable Two Centers. And their tremendous value will be the fact, that they have their own unique opinion. Come on, folks, email it in and I can blog it.

"My Molokai Woman" by Willie K


Speaking of photos, most are beautiful and we believe that everyone is worth the money. However we all know that they are not the same in a blog. Two people in a photo is much more than one person in the photo. Why? Three people in a photo is much better that two people. And so on? However, fifteen people in a photo are not better than fourteen. Think that one over, email them in and I'll blog'em.

"Social dancers believe that every moment and every event in a
person's life on earth plants something in their soul."

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

The Agonizing Reappriasel

I have five blogs and the hits have decided which one we can do without. Oahu Dancer will cease to be a regular blog. For now I will use it as a Sunday blog. It will have general information of the state of all Island dance communication and gradually fade into extinction. The other blogs will establish their own niche when we get some information contributors with their feedback. That will be most important factor when the lights go on again. We have 300 thousand potential social dancers on Oahu, we should be able to do something.

“Social dancers believe that everyone must dream.
We dream to give ourselves Hope." 


The analysis of my blog counters show a very low total of average hits per day from this shut down. This is with my five blogs plus two others on Oahu with hit counters. Those other without counters could be running about the same. Now I am certain that it will take a few volunteer "Two Centers" willing to share their two cents of good dance information with our fellow dancers, occasionally. Perhaps a photo of their dance gang to flower it out. Email it in and I could post it in the next blog due or you can pick the blog of your choice.

 "Waikiki" by Amy Hanaialii


With time one or two might be willing to take over as Guest Bloggers. The hits will go through the roof and it will make all the difference in the world. Together the Guest Bloggers and myself can make this best blog into an independent. This means I will resign and it is all theirs. I will be busy with the remaining blogs. By the time I get rid of it my days will be less busy and I can have more time to relax. I am getting old and we can work on getting rid of the next one.

“Yesterday is but a dream, tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Some Progress

We are making some contact with the mainland just to find out how it is going over there with the shutdown. And our blogs on Oahu have been losing readership simply because there has been no dancing. The average hits per day hit a low last month and now seems to be gaining a little. So the biggest thing lacking at present is the feedback from any reader on any subject. Our readers are dancers and they are all interest in eating. Hint? Email it in and I will blog it. We are for the dancers first so our blogs are intended to be social media.

"Social dancers believe that to hope and to act
are our duties in misfortune.” 


The Web sites are different organizations and they have the perfect right to their agenda. And which they do excellently. Our blogs have the proposition of being "additional" and not "instead of," whatever you have for public relations. This is all coming about gradually and the Feedback we get can pick the blog of their choice. Meanwhile, what ever happened to the new dance club dedicated to American Style of dance. There would be no "correct" way to dance the basic. There would a lot less comments on "Ala Wai dancer" and "junk dancer."

"Tiny Bubbles" by Don Ho


Dancers on Oahu may socialize on a more friendly basis, have fun dancing on the same floors and be able to minimize the negative commentaries. While fair competition is good there is also much to be gained from cooperation specially among the smaller clubs. Dancers have a right to feel free to go where they please and spend their money and time as they see fit without having to justify this to anyone. They should not be made to feel guilty or fear criticism. Let's all try to make it easy for everyone. We shall dance again.

"Success in life, in anything, may depend upon the number
of people that one can make ourselves agreeable to."

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Oahu looking good

History will remember when the world stopped. And the flights stayed on the ground.
And the cars parked in the street, and the trains didn't run.

History will remember when the schools closed, and the children stayed indoors.
And the medical staff walked towards the fire, and they didn't run.
 

History will remember when the people sang, on their balconies.
In isolation, but so very much together, in courage and song.
 
History will remember when the people fought for their old and their weak,
Protected the vulnerable by doing nothing at all.
 

History will remember when the virus left, And the houses opened 
And the people came out And hugged and kissed And started again
 
Kinder than before. ~ Donna Ashworth


Friday, June 5, 2020

Tango

Tango is a partner and social dance that originated in the 1400s by the Incas as La Milonga. It then evolved in 300 years by European influence in Peru, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay into a modified Milonga. The biggest differences evolved in the impoverished port areas of Argentina and Uruguay. The Milonga was frequently practiced in the brothels and bars of ports, where business owners employed bands to entertain their patrons with music. The tango is the result from an Argentinian Milonga. The name Tango was applied in the 1890s and the tango then spread to the rest of the world.

"Social dancers believe, that it's not too late to seek a newer and better world.”


Many variations of this dance currently exist around the world. Now that we have had the chance we find that there are almost 100 different Tangos danced through out the world. Nine of them in Argentina alone. Divide and you shall conquer works in dances too. The popularity of Tango would be much greater if it could be standardized to only a few. Fortunately, we have not done so bad in the US and have fewer choices. Social Dancers, remember?

"Nostalgias" por Carlos Gardel


In the US, three styles of tango have been rather loosely defined. American tango is when you've just started dating, and you're flirting in an atmosphere of sexual tension. Argentine tango is when you've just started sleeping together and you can't keep your hands off each other. International tango is when you've been married for seven years and you're only staying together for the sake of the children. This year will do a lot for the Tango on Oahu. How about the Filipino Tango? Happy Dancing.

"Social dancers believe, that Tango is not a dance, it is a feeling."

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Trying Other Clubs

Some time ago on Oahu, dance clubs found it difficult to accept that some of their members liked to try other clubs. Some would express anger, pout, scream disloyalty or display some other negative emotion in their attempt to prevent this practice. Usually the biggest clubs with the "de jure" group of rule makers would be the most narrow minded. They tried to make people feel guilty. If people are into dancing long enough, the practice of going to another dance club is inevitable. This has existed whenever there have been choices.This practice should not be taken as personal failure or with feelings that the dancers are ungrateful.

“Social dancers believe that truth is a beautiful and terrible thing,
and should therefore be treated with great caution.”


And now we have a different reason, as we come out of the close down. It is going to be first come first serve and how safe is it. We will still consider masks and respect for social distance. So if your club is not getting enough members on a more permanent basis, it is imperative that corrective measures take place. In the case of the "de facto" rule makers, (cliques and seat controllers) it is very difficult. This does not include member punishment. It does include giving the ordinary everyday dancers more to make the club more attractive. Too many "Thou Shalt Not" goofs up the works.

"My Molokai" by Willie K

This is coming up soon.

As time goes by and we get to more normal dancing on Oahu, many dancers may be going from club to club and we could look upon it as a healthy outgrowth as the dancers gain more confidence, skill and independence in their love of dancing. Rather than becoming upset, the top brass should concentrate on ways to keep their members with them most of the time. If the idea of the revolving door is acknowledged, everyone will benefit as long as new dancers are coming in some door. Getting more dancers in that door is an area that needs much improvement and it has been greatly neglected in the past.

"Social dancers believe that there is no truer truth
obtainable by dancers than comes from music."

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dis N Dat

The Boston Tea Party was a protest by colonists who objected to a British tax on tea in 1773. Some say that the Tea in "Tea Party" also stands for "Taxed Enough Already." It eventually led to the American Revolutionary War. Anyway, these protests by lower classes paying to the rich, have been made for centuries. How about the Magna Carta against King John? OK, so Trump is not King John, but it is still the Money, Sonny.


 “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” by George Santayana

Barack and Sarah, Cha Cha Cha
For content contributors, the benefits of participating in social media have gone beyond simply social sharing to building reputation and bringing in career opportunities and monetary income. And at the moment, for us on Oahu, we have two very important elements in the equation. The "Two Center" and the "Guest Blogger" and not very many out are quite knowledgeable on both terms. When the reader/dancers on this Island discover what they can do, there will be no stopping them. Take your time and think it over.

"Music of Hawaii" by Melveen Leed

Double Blues: Old Swing Dance step of Hawaii, with a chassé that syncopates the 4 count, 1, 2, 3 and 4. Sometime used in Cha Cha Cha as an unnatural step rhythm. Thirty years ago, danced by some of the best dancers on our dance floors, now becoming obsolete.

"Maui Waltz" by Loyal Garner

Double Hold: In the Latin Challenge position, the partners facing each other and holding hands. May also be used in Swing. Down Beat: The first beat in a measure and it comes from the downward movement of the conductors arm or baton in beginning a tune. Draw: To slowly move the free foot to the supporting foot without a change of weight. Dual Fellow: That rare person who has attained fellowship from the ISTD in both Latin and Ballroom Divisions.

“Social dancers think that maybe we hope too much. Maybe we dream too much,
but we are not going to stop."